Tell us about yourself/your team.
I am Senior Advisor (Sustainable Development) at Novozymes and I'm charged with identifying and developing opportunities for Novozymes to engage in “Base of the Pyramid” (BoP) markets, using clean biotech solutions to help alleviate poverty in financially sustainable ways. Acting as an “intrapreneur” I develop new BoP business concepts, anchor them within relevant departments across Novozymes, and build the external partnerships required for effective incubation. My first major success is with CleanStar Mozambique (www.cleanstarmozambique.com), where I have played a pivotal role in the design and incubation of the business. I have since played an active role in venture management and am now focused on scale-up and replication of the business across sub-Saharan Africa.
What makes you an intrapreneur? What are the skills, capabilities, and personality traits that make you an intrapreneur?
I believe that highly scalable and replicable business solutions will often be the only means by which to meet many of the massive challenges of poverty and environmental degradation (not least by framing them as opportunities). With this fundamental conviction I have set out to achieve impact, which for a given venture requires 1) developing an innovative business concept, 2) navigating and combining internal and external agendas, mandates and resources, 3) developing a detailed business plan and financial model, 4) raising capital, and 5) building the team to execute on the plan. Being successful with these activities has required a range of traits and skills, not least creativity, business and impact analysis, networking, pitching, and business development skills.